Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Eclectic Lover Posted on April 16, 2010 @ 8:07 am 0 comments
There was a lot of interesting book-related news this week.   In the US and worldwide, ebook and print, we bring you links to some of the items that we found most interesting.

Bowker released statistics today showing that traditional US publishers released slightly less titles in 2009 than 2008.   They also reported a 181% increase in the number of nontraditional titles released in 2009 over their 2008 numbers.  

GalleyCat reported the list of writers that were awarded 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships. 
Israel’s largest bookstore chain, Tzomet Sfarim, removed a controversial book from their shelves after complaints from their customers, reports The Jerusalem Post.  The book, The National Left by Shmuel Hasfari and Eldad Yaniv, criticizes the settler movement.
In Spanish ebook news, Grammata will sell the Alex eReader in Spain and open a Spanish language ebookstore online in July 2010.  
PRWeb has a press release reporting that Simon & Schuster has signed an agreement with Bookshare to make some of their titles available to Bookshare’s members with print disabilities.  
 The London Book Fair takes place next week, but the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano’s eruption has made it impossible to fly into the UK.  The show will go on and plans are in place to help exhibitors that cannot attend due to the ash cloud, reports
The Library of Congress announced this week that it has acquired the entire archive of public tweets from  Also this week, Google announced they have a new way to search tweets.
That’s it for this week’s news, but we’ll have more book news here next Friday.

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